Limerick Historical Society

P.O. Box 83   Limerick,  Maine 04048

Our Mission

The Limerick Historical Society, Inc., is organized for educational purposes; to collect information and artifacts relating to the history of Limerick, Maine and surrounding areas, and to provide guidance to the town regarding the preservation and restoration of its historic buildings.

The Cotton/Bean Building

About Us

The Limerick, Maine historical society was founded in 1981 and reorganized as a non-profit corporation in 1998. Its collections are kept in the town-owned Moore Building; the law office of Luther Moore during the late 1800’s, and the society-owned Limerick Academy which served as a school from 1881 to 1925. Both are on Main Street.

An annual open house is held at the Limerick Academy, often featuring special exhibits. This building is undergoing restoration, and is an important focus of the society’s activities.

The Moore building contains information on area cemeteries, genealogical materials, and other records of town history. The two buildings are open by chance or by special appointment. Stop in when you see the flag! 

Campbell building

Our Collection

A generalized listing of items in the Society’s collection is yet to be compiled. The Society does not offer regular hours; the buildings are open when the flag is out, or by appointment. The Limerick Public Library keeps some items that can be accessed when the library is open.

Available at the Limerick Public Library
Here are some highlights of the information available at the library. For contact info and hours go to: http://limerickme.org/library.html To search the catalog online, go to the library site and enter Limerick in the search field.

Annual Report of the Town Officers of the Town of Limerick, 1909, 1910, 1929, 1937, 1938, 1948, and to the present. This collection is incomplete.

The Sokokis, high school yearbook, from 1936 to 1969, incomplete collection.

The Fire of 1947, a video on VHS.

An uncatalogued item, Souvenir of Limerick, Maine 1912, published by The Maine Map & Register Co., Brunswick, Maine gives some history with maps, of Limerick up to 1912.

Cemetery Listings: Many small cemeteries are documented and this listing is available at the library. An Eagle Scout has undertaken a comprehensive search throughout Limerick to seek out a more complete list of cemeteries, some of which were not previously listed. The finished document, accompanied by a map, was placed into the hands of the American Legion, with the original lost to a computer crash. The Legion has retained what may be the only copy of this work: White-Tibbetts Post 55, P.O. Box 67 Limerick ME.

Almuchicoitt: Land of the Little Dog, by William Teg, published in 1950. An interesting book of early lore that includes Limerick. (The word, “Almuchicoitt” is Penobscot) Not available for check out.

Vital Records of Limerick, Maine: “Reproduced by Ancient Landmarks Society of Parsonsfield 1988” This manuscript is said to have been “rescued from the town dump after 100 years,” and includes records dating back to 1779.

1790 Census of Maine. Entries for Limerick are listed under York county.

Links of Interest

We are providing these links for your interest, and for research purposes.

National Register of Historic Places, FAQs:
http://www.nps.gov/nr/faq.htm

Nomination papers for Limerick to become an historical district:
http://focus.nps.gov/pdfhost/docs/NRHP/Text/84001557.pdf

Search for the following topics in Wikipedia:
National Register of Historic Places Listings in York County, Maine
Limerick Upper Village Historic District

Maine Historical Societies:
http://www.maine.gov/portal/about_me/historicalsoc.html

Organizations Active in Limerick
The Research Club:
on facebook as: GFWC Research Club of Limerick

Limerick-Newfield Lions Club: 
http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/limerickn/

Masonic Lodge: 
on facebook as: Freedom #42 Masonic Lodge Limerick Maine

American Legion
White-Tibbetts Post 55, P.O. Box 67 Limerick ME
http://www.mainelegion.org

Our Newsletter

Click here for a pdf of our newsletter.

2017 Events

All events are free of charge and open to the public. 

7:00PM Thursday, 13 April 2017
History of Tibbetts Memorial Park
Presented in conjunction with the Veterans Memorial Committee. Learn the history of the land where Tibbetts Park is located. Who were Herman Tibbetts and Richard White? Hear about the plans for the new Veterans Memorial. Limerick Brick Town House.

7:00PM Thursday, 11 May, 2017
Live Bees, Honey and Naturally Jammin'
Presented by Jeddy Nevell. Learn about bees from seeing them in their hives. Hear how honey is extracted and used for many different products.
Sweet tastings, products for sale, and light refreshments following. Limerick Brick Town House.

2PM Saturday, 27 May, 2017
Annual Penny Auction
Don't miss our 17th Annual Penny Auction & Silent Auction. Doors open at 2 pm for perusing and bidding. A ‘children-only’ section, a toddler section, and tons of great items for everyone. Drawings for winning tickets begin at 6 pm. You or your representative must be present to win. Bring the family!!! Sandwiches, water, soda, and snacks available for sale. Limerick Brick Town House.

7PM Thursday, 22 June, 2017
Baseball Night: Local Players & Teams
Presented as a precursor to Old Timers Baseball games in Cornish at the Fairgrounds on the weekend of June 24th. Learn about Baseball History featuring local players and town teams. Maybe you were one of the players in the days of yore! Come see a display of uniforms, pictures, trophies and locally made wooden bats. Light Refreshments following. Limerick Brick Town House.

9AM to 2PM Saturday, 15 July, 2017
Open House at the Academy: History of Limerick Main Street Buildings
Gallery of photos and information on the buildings in the Limerick Historical District. Enjoy a group walk along Main Street, hear a docent speak about the architecture of each historic building. Walking tours at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm from the Academy. There may be an opportunity to see one or two interiors. Light Refreshments during the day. Limerick Academy.

7PM Thursday, 17 August, 2017
Sokokis Lake History
Presented by Evan Cole. Featuring personal anecdotes and amusing stories as we hear Sokokis Lake’s history from beginning to end from the Lake Association’s historian. Light Refreshments following. Limerick Brick Town House.

2PM Saturday, 9 September, 2017
Baptist Society Cemetery Walk
If only the old stones could talk!  Meet some residents of the Baptist Society Cemetery. Hear what "they" have to say about life in Limerick’s early years. Light refreshments following. Limerick Baptist Society Church on the hill. Rain date: 2PM Sat. 16 Sept.

7PM Thursday, 12 October, 2017
Centennial Vignettes of 1917
Presented by Del Floyd. It was a mighty big year!
Learn about some fascinating events that took place 100 years ago. Light Refreshments following. Limerick Brick Town House.

5-7PM Sunday, 12 November, 2017
Potluck Supper & Annual Meeting
Our evening begins with a potluck supper followed by
annual meeting reports, elections and discussion of the past year. Please join us and be part of the planning for 2018. Bring a dish to share. Beverages provided. Limerick Brick Town Hall.

2-4PM Sunday, 17 December, 2017
Christmas Open House
Members and friends are invited to the home of Del Floyd. You will be thrilled with wonderful displays and collections that she and her late mother have gathered over the years. Tasty goodies, tea and coffee. If weather is inclement, festivities will be cancelled. Seasons Greetings! 7 Locust Hill Road, Limerick.

The bank  building on Main Street

Contact Information
Limerick Historical Society   P.O. Box 83   Limerick Maine 04048
info.limerick.hs@ roadrunner.com   207-793-2227 (President)
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